Women in East Java and North Aceh have limited economic options: only 51 percent of Indonesian women participate in the labour force, and they earn 25 percent less than men for their work. Research shows that investing in women's economic empowerment generates multiple benefits, because women spend most of their extra income on their family's needs, including education, food, healthcare, and sanitation. This is why Kopernik and ExxonMobil Foundation are focusing on expanding opportunities for women to increase their income.
Through this initiative, Kopernik invites women to become Tech Agents, selling simple, life-changing technologies in their communities. The women participate in training to build the skills and confidence to succeed as micro-social-entrepreneurs. Not only are they boosting their income through technology sales, they are also expanding access to eco-friendly, money-saving technology.
In 2014, almost 100 women in East Java and North Aceh have joined us as Tech Agents, and thousands of families are enjoying access to water filters, solar lights, clean cookstoves and other life-changing technologies.
|Location||Indonesia, East Asia and Pacific|